At the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit through a virtual conference on Tuesday, President Ashraf Ghani highlighted Afghanistan’s peace and stressed high violence by the Taliban.

“Unfortunately, not only the promised reduction of violence and comprehensive ceasefire has not been realized, but the violence by the Taliban has increased substantially,” Ghani said. 

He added, state to state cooperation with the global and regional framework is the key to deal with all the terrorist networks, that disrupts peace, development, and cooperation.

“As respect for sovereignty is a cardinal principle of SCO, we ask all of you to support a sustainable peace process within the framework of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” The Afghan president said, Afghanistan is faced with numerous forms of turmoil, as peace becomes the most important and urgent priority.
 
The President referred to the released prisoners and hinted, “As a state and society, we have demonstrated the commitment, compassion, and courage to make hard decisions to start direct peace negotiations with the Taliban,”.

Kabul university attack that killed more than 22 people was marked inhumane by the president, the attack on students “is a symptom of cult of violence and reliance on drug production and smuggling of our natural capital and cultural heritage as sources of funding that requires a reality check.” He said.

He indicated that Afghanistan is located in the center of untapped potential, Afghanistan provides a platform for regional and global cooperation, by connecting “Central, South and West Asia to and from East Asia by land”.

According to Ghani, Afghanistan signed an MoU with the Australian Fortescue Metal Group to transform the country into a center of green industry through the production of 20,000 megawatts of electrical energy from hydro, with zero-emission steel and other products from an estimated $1 trillion mineral resources.

President Ghani remarked, “We are in a truly open historic moment. Our four decades of suffering, particularly for our women and children, can end. Please harness the Shanghai spirit to overcome the tragic past and create the future of cooperation together”.  

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.